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welcome to our world with black enterprise. i'm your host paul. this week we get up close and personal with the hollywood producer who's been a force behind films by pursuit of happiness, the remix of karate kid and now annie. we turn to the small screen and meet an entrepreneur who took the leap of faith and launched her own media company and from the corner office we look at opportunities for both black and
welcome back to our world with black enterprise. this week we follow the face of a film producer, davon franklin who climbed the hills of hollywood to becoming a force of his own. a husband, an author, a producer and now ceo. davon franklin will never forget that 18-year-old interviewing for an internship with one of hollywood's newest production and management company sgls never knew if it was possible. 18 years old i go in and
interview the management company that manages will smith and the general manager, one of the key questions she asked, why do you want to be in the industry. i told her i want to make sure. she said you want to make money. i said no. i want to make change in the world. if i can be a part of the industry i believe i can change people's lives. >> you were in the entertainment industry. we think that's the last place to go to to have your faith grow. it feels like your faith has grown and success has grown with it. >> yeah. >> why is that the case? >> i believe that when you are honest about who you are, what you believe and you have a confidence about that, even if people don't agree with you, they will respect you. >> right. >> because fundamentally people want to work with people who are of value that do have integrity and conviction and that conviction of my faith has been a major career asset. people say if he's that convicted about his faith he's
someone we can trust. >> but he would not be here without experiencing the tragedy he went through at age 9. >> my father died as a heart attack and my mother left to raise me and my younger brother and myself. we were in a situation where we lost the house we were living in, the car. we had to move in with my grandmother and grandfather err. as a did you grow up during the struggle and looking for hope. you're looking for inspiration. you're looking to try to find your bearings. for me, i found a lot of that in the church and in film and tv. >> he found hope in the imaginary world of film and television which attracted him to his latest project the remake of the classic musical "annie". >> it's a hard knock life. ♪ it's a hard knock life for us ♪ ♪ instead of kisses
♪ we get kicked >> when you see this movie about this young girl who believes she's going to find her family and what she finds is family that comes but comes in a different way but with the love she needed at the beginning of the story. >> what's the hustle? >> the more we're seen together, the better it is for my campaign. >> i really resonated with that. as a kid i was looking for my place in the world, looking for my family. i really found it through a patch work of different people that invested in me and my brothers gr brothers growing up. >> when i think of annie i think iconic classic, young, white girl. great actress. young black girl. what's the significance of casting her in the role of annie? >> it was an organic process. originally overbrook had the idea to say why don't we do a remake with annie and let's do it with will low. once it came time, willow had
other things she wanted to do. we had brought on will to do the rewrite of the script and he is also the director of the movie. right when she got nominated for the oscar, she came in to meet with us. in that first meeting, it was like this is annie. she's annie. >> it's movies like this that solidify why davon is one of hollywood's most bankable producers. >> i was at sony for 9 1/2 years in their columbia pictures division. after the success of having this for real, i felt god was saying now is the time to step out on faith and start your own company. in starting franklin entertainment the goal is to make content that can challenge, inspire, get people to a place where they want to do better. they want to believe better. and they want to see better. >> now, you are ceo of your own production company.
tell us what projects you have. >> we're going to do a follow-up called miracles from heaven. the movie will be out for easter of 2016. working on the reboot of master's of the universe. remember the heman. bringing him back. and i'm telling a book called it's complicated. >> it's complicated. >> that's right, man. we're going to do -- >> i didn't know about that. >> yeah, right. after the contract was signed. >> i do know. >> this is big. >> you have an announcement. >> we're going to do a romantic comedy based upon you and your story in this dating world. it will be like our new version of these match-making stories. >> you have got this incredible career as an executive. you're an in-demand motivational speaker, preacher, best selling author. you are married to a notable
actress, megan good. how do you deal with the stress. >> love. having megan in my life and having that marriage just helps. to be able to come home and she's there and i don't have to worry about anything or sometimes when i have projects she'll come with me. man, c'mon. when you got the right woman behind you and beside you and in front of you, come on, dude. you can't go wrong. that's right. >> i agree. >> that's right. >> this is what's most interesting to me about you today. is that you are 36 years old. >> yeah. >> you mention your father passing. your father passed at 36. >> yeah. >> he never was able to see the man that sits before me today that many of us adore. if you could sit across from him, what would you tell him today? >> wow. i would tell him he did great. that's what i would tell him. my memories of him growing up, i could probably count them on both hands. the majority of those memories,
he was intoxicated but his heart was i want to be a good father. i would always hear him talking about how proud he was of his three boys. part of what i would tell him is you did well. don't beat yourself up even in the midst of tragedy that you may have wanted to change differently. god used those things as purpose in us. that's what i would say to him. job well done. >> you are proof that when we step out on faith we don't fall. >> right on, man. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. god bless you, always. >> up next, from faith-based programming to sesame street. the entrepreneur of the week
welcome back. after stepping out on faith, this week's entrepreneur started her own production company to create family friendly programming. patricia caught up with her to discuss her latest production. >> tammy williams is the ceo of open rivers pictures, a production company she runs in fayetteville, georgia. the company specializes in faith-based tv shows and digital programming. >> when was the first time you realized you wanted to work behind the camera? >> as a kid. there was something about watching movie premiers that used to air on television that i wanted to be a part of but not so much in front of the camera but behind the camera. at a young age, like 12, 13 i was thinking about being behind the camera. >> earlier in her career, tammy struggled between leaving her full time position and stepping out on faith to start her own company. >> i was 9:00 to 5:00 and used
to having that check. when it was time for me to go it was like i was holding on to the check but trying to reach back for my company going -- >> right. a semi-life. >> exactly. i knew if i didn't leave i was never going to leave. because there's nothing worse for a creative person to be locked down and there's nowhere else for you to grow. i called it dying from the inside out. >> that needs to come out. >> it needs to come out. >> they started with limited resources. tammy and her husband used their own equipment, production expertise, and accumulated their client list through word of mouth. in business for eight years, open rivers pictures is expected to earn $350,000 in 2014 with a projected increase of 20% in 2015. today open rivers pictures is a full-time operation that specializes in inspirational and educational programming. their newest clients include the stellar awards and even sesame
street. tammy believes her career path is corrected to a higher purpose. >> as open rivers continues to grow, where are you headed? >> we want people to really grow from the things we do. i want to be able to stand before god and say i died empty. all that you have put in me, i poured out. i've done all that you called me to do. and all that we do, you know, serves a purpose in this community, in this world. >> thanks trish. still to come, our mission to bring more diversity inside corporate board rooms continues. stay with us.
secure seats at the table. take a look. >> tom is the founder and ceo of the private investment equity firm eldorado capital and serves on the board of time werner capital and founder of the directors association. >> our goal is to provide professional development support to existing directors. and secondly, to increase the number of latinos on corporate boards because there are hundreds and hundreds of big companies in america that have no latinos on their board and one of the strategies to do that is to work with african americans who are on corporate boards and women because in reality women of all backgrounds, african americans, asian americans, latino americans are all underrepresented in the governance in our companies in america. we identified some various
companies where there are african american directors and no latinos on those company boards. the reverse is true, where there are latinos on company boards burr no african-americans and if each of us who is in that situation were to recoup someone are the other community for example my case, i joined time warner cable board in 2006. we had no african-american's on that board. today we're the only one of five companies in america that has both african american, lat dean know and asian board members. >> corporate changes must start with board directors before change trickles down. >> it's one of the most segregated places in our society. we have seen huge changes in our country in 40, 50 years. but it is easier to elect a black man president of the united states than it is for about 150 companies to find a black man or woman to sit on
their board. >> according to the 2014 black enterprise annual report on corporate directors, 30% of s&p 250 did not have a single black board member. >> they are self organizations and pick their members. >> even search firms can't. >> they do what their clients tell them. i don't think they'll say don't bring me these people. they'll probably say on the surface do bring all that but at the end of the day the decisions are made by the sitting directors. we can anchor pratt america burr it's not going to be easy or happen overnight. >> up next, a passionate commentary to america from a young black man.
welcome back to our world with black enterprise. walkouts, hands-up, don't shoot, we can't breathe. black lives matter. these are the echos across the country demanding police reform and accountability. we highlight a princeton university sophomore who lent his voice in a powerful video diary he calls dear america. alex ford is our slice of life. >> because i have a dream! that my four little children will one day live in a nation will they will not be judged by
the color of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream today! >> dear america, in the star spangled banner defines you as the land of the free and the home of the brave but as of late, this has simply been the land of letting injustice roam free and people having to be brave enough to leave the house without being totally sure if they will return. my name is alex ford. i'm a young black man who is a sophomore in college. wait. never mind. you don't care about that. you stopped listening to me after i said young black man. by why? so many men who look similar to me have died and you still continue to not listen past the words young black man. i mourn at the thought of the many lives who are lost but i feel this is not the last time this kind of injustice will occur. today i along with my classmates
at princeton university participated in a peaceful and powerful walkout of class and on the front lawn of our campus center in honor of the lives of many african-americans who are no longer with us because of the injustice occurring in our society. i have fare because while this was occurring just outside of this building so many people walked past and were sitting around disinterested and unconcerned and my friend aaron francis, a young black man attending harvard law school could not have said this any better. i shed a tear because of how indicative that moment was of reality. it was a reflection of the fact that i cannot convince people that a person's life is worth immensely more than a couple minutes of respect. that i won't be able to convince people that something is actually wrong.
america, in order for positive change to occur, this decision must be unanimous. everybody must be involved and improve together. i understand the serial types have persisted for years and governed people's actions and perceptions in numerous situations. even though i am black, i am still an american citizen although it doesn't feel like that a lot of times. i refuse to let the work done by so many before me die before i have made an effort to keep their dreams alive. america, i am angry at the fact that i live here and call it my home. but i am treated like an intruder. i am angry that i must change who i am to conform to your perfect perception of what it is to be an acceptable person. i am angry that the police officers stopped me when it was raining and i had my hood up to stay dry. i am angry i lived here my entire life but you constantly tell me i do not belong.
>> i can't breathe. i can't breathe. >> we can't breathe. >> america, woe cannot breathe because this environment you tell us is not our home, restricts our ability to have ourselves heard. in many instants breath less. yes, america, many black people struggle. yes, there has been black crime but that does not define us, there are many white people struggling and white crime. but that does not define whites. i would like to tell you what black is. black is beautiful just as white is beautiful just as every other color you see is beautiful. black is human just as every other color is human. black is a shelf underneath which we all share the same red blood, the same vital organs and same skeletal structure. america, we cannot live like
this any longer. as you can see, it is not only black people who see this injustice, every single color is represented here, america. this right here is what we are need to see, people seeing others fight the injustice that join in the cause to work toward a better and equal tomorrow. please, please i am begging you, try to change for the better, america. sincerely, a black life. >> a special thanks to alex ford and the students at princeton university. and that does it for this edition of our world with black enterprise. be sure to like us on facebook and follow me on twitter. we're out of time. but please log on to black enterprise.com/ourworld for this week's edition of in the hot
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